Savannah has been high on the list of Most Haunted Cities in America for a good number of years, topping that list more than a time or two – and with good reason. As residents and visitors will tell you, there’s a lot in our city that will send chills down your spine. You can hear stories of specters and poltergeists all year long on tours and pub crawls of cemeteries and real-life haunted places (see Visit Savannah website). Then, during October, you can get a kick out dressing up in costume if you like and acting – or being scared – silly at Savannah’s numerous special events. Here are a few.
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Don your mask and your evening attire for a masquerade ball in the historic Telfair Academy. The evening includes live music, adult libations, and late-night treats. And who knows who else may join the soiree. Telfair Mansion, after all, is believed to be haunted.
October 28, 8pm-11:30pm, Telfair Academy, Tickets: $65 ($85 non-members), Patron Tickets: $125
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The word is that this annual event is creepy, scary fun! Unlike typical pub crawls where you travel from bar to bar as a group, this spooky drinking tour lets you “crawl” down haunted Congress Street all by yourself and at your own pace. Plus, there’s free stuff, an after-party, and a costume contest.
October 29, 4pm-11pm, $10 until Sep 28, $15 until Oct. 28, $20 the day of, Start at The Rail Pub
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It’s a one-of-a-kind film festival – a marathon of horror flicks – and Ryan Graveface will hand-select the array of films, which includes Halloween III, In the Mouth of Madness and Basket Case.
October 29-30, 4pm-2am, Venue TBA, Stay tuned to the FaceBook page for info
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Right down the road in Richmond Hill, the zombies will come out early in the month to kick-start Halloween shenanigans. Cannon fire will signal the start of the run. Then you’re off and scampering through scenic Fort McAllister State Park as you’re chased by the “undead.”
October 7, 6:30pm start time, Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Race Fee: $30 ($35 on race day), Registration ends October 5 at 11:59pm
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What could be more fun than a mad dash through Forsyth Park with four costumed teammates and a twin mattress on wheels? It’s billed as a rip-roaring good time in fact; and if past dashes are any indicator, the racing frames will be imaginative. Gurneys, pallets, and even pirate ships are likely to roll by. Proceeds go toward a net-zero, solar-powered walk-in freezer for Farm Truck 912.
October 16, Start time 1:00pm, Forsyth Park
Registration Fee: $150, Registration ends October 14 at 11:59pm
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This is your chance to be a superhero for the day! Dress up as your favorite costumed heroic character and walk/run this 5K to support the at-risk kids at the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club. This year’s Superhero Fun Run has a new twist – the Krispy Kreme Donut Dash. Half-way through the race, participants will be challenged to eat a dozen donuts and then finish their walk/run.
October 22, 8:30am start time, ½ mile Kids Run starts at 8am, Lake Mayer Park
$30 until October 20, $35 October 21 through Race Day, Kids under 10 race/walk for free
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Put on your costume, lace up your running shoes and join others in this fundraising race which benefits several local charities and the Georgia Rotary Scholarship Program. This year Trick or Trot has added team competitions, so it multiplies the fun factor!
October 29, 8am start time, Islands YMCA
$25 postmarked or online by October 15th, $30 October 16th until Race Day
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You will be among thespians at this running event, which is presented by Savannah Arts Academy Guild. So, pull out all the stops for costume creativity and get ready to compete for the Best Costume Award. A post-race party will follow the run.
October 29, 8:30am start time, Lake Mayer Park
$25 until Sep.30, $30 until Oct. 26, $40 Oct. 27 until Race Day
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Your little trick-or-treaters will be filled with lighthearted pleasure along this friendly trail. Cute costumed animal characters hand out the treats. Mother Goose will be on hand to share nursery rhymes, and crafts and face painting are among the amusements.
October 21 and 22, 5pm-8pm, Oatland Island, Admission (cash only) Adults $5, Children $10
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Spend the afternoon at Skidaway Island State Park and celebrate Halloween and the fall season with games, crafts and a hayride tour of the park. Bring a bag for the goodies; kids can go trick-or-treating through the campground starting at 3pm.
October 22, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Skidaway Island State Park, $3 admission, $5 parking
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This is a stroll through the woods that you’re not likely to forget. Skidaway Island Rangers will help you navigate through a trail where ghosts and ghouls lurk among the ancient oaks and the shadows.
October 28 and 29, 7pm-9:30pm, Skidaway Island State Park, $5 admission, $5 parking
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Get your kids dressed up in their Halloween costume of choice and bring them out to River Street to collect Halloween goodies at participating candy stops. Start at either end of River Street and look for the window sign that indicates the establishment is participating. Then call out “Trick or Treat!”
October 29, 5pm-8pm, River Street, FREE
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Who says Fido can’t have a good time for Halloween too? That’s certainly the intent of Wag-O-Ween. Costumed canines go trick-or-treating with their humans working their way through the Historic District to dozens of shops offering special dog treats.
October 22, noon-5:00pm, Historic District, $5/person (benefits local pet rescue organizations)
There’s no doubt you’ll find the perfect experience for you this Halloween season in Savannah. Enjoy! And from all of us at Live Love Savannah, have a terrific October and Happy Halloween!